Europa League draw: Arsenal face Sporting, Chelsea get PAOK

Marcus Newton
September 17, 2018

Seven-times European champions AC Milan, who won an appeal against a decision to kick them out of the competition for breaking UEFA's break even rule, will meet Olympiakos and Real Betis as well as surprise package FC Dudelange from Luxemburg.

English Premier league side Arsenal were handed a logistical challenge when they were pitted against Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava and Azeri side Qarabag as well as Portugal's Sporting in Group E.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the clubs Arsenal will have to negotiate in the group stage. This situation has degenerated into a situation where the country of Azerbaijan have banned the entry of Armenian citizens regardless of any links to the neighbouring country.

Dortmund were informed by the Azerbaijan foreign embassy that Mkhitaryan would receive "a visa directly upon their arrival at Baku airport", but Dortmund elected to exclude him from the trip because of security concerns.

Two English clubs were also involved in the draw.

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Unai Emery - a three-time victor of the Europa League with Sevilla - will hope to lead the Gunners to May's final in Baku. The same stadium will also host Euro 2020 games.

RB Leipzig's reward for Thursday's last-gasp victory over Zorya Luhansk is a Europa League group including sister club Salzburg.

Arsenal are aiming to go a step further in this season's Europa League after suffering a semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid last term.

PAOK striker Aleksandar Prijovic has continued his fine form from last season, scoring in his opening Greek Superleague appearance of the campaign and netting four times in six Champions League qualifiers.

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